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School in Morbio Inferiore

Morbio Inferiore, Switzerland
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This secondary school, the first of Botta's large-scale projects to be built, is the realization of a successful competition entry. Located on an extensive open area surrounded by rolling hills, the structure is divided into distinct elements composed to define a place. These elements are a gymnasium wing, with a long canopied entry, and a long classroom wing, splayed at an angle and separate, stretching north-south along the edge of a ravine. An outdoor amphitheater occupies the angle where gymnasium and classroom building meet.

The approach adopted in the subdivision of the teaching spaces into a repeated succession of functional blocks has become the pretext, moreover, by means of the rigorous serial order contained in the large linear block, for the proposal of a different hierarchy for the urban relationships of the constructions which, with this great signal, indicate the possible alternatives to the urban degradation of the surrounding countryside. Each block sets up its own dialogue with its surroundings by way of the transparency of the entrance portico which links the ample landscaped space in front of the building with the woods to the rear. In the interior, the functional autonomy of the individual teaching unit is characterised by the disposition of the four classrooms on the first floor, set on either side of the great portal, with visual communication between them by means of large glazed surfaces.

The Creator's Words

"I believe that today making architecture is a way of resisting the loss of identity, a way of resisting the banalization, the flattening of culture brought about by the consumerism so typical of modern society. In this sense, architecture is more an ethical than an aesthetic phenomenon."

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mariathuroczy, August 29th, 2013
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